civ·il·ly | \ˈsi-və(l)-lē \

Definition of civilly 

1 : in terms of civil rights, law, or matters civilly dead

2 : in a civil manner : politely

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Some people lamented that the country’s ability to debate the tough issues of the day civilly seems hopelessly lost., "Americans celebrate nation’s birthday, lament divisions," 4 July 2018 The admonition comes as Francis' opening to divorced and civilly remarried Catholics has badly divided the church. Fox News, "Pope on Holy Thursday urges priests to be close to sinners," 29 Mar. 2018 Armatey had been in trouble with the law before, and had been civilly committed to a state hospital from June 2016 to December 2017, the Star-Tribune reported. Scott Berson, miamiherald, "The couple 'freaked him out' - so he ran them over with his van and drove off, police say," 3 July 2018 Everyone acted so civilly this time, from LeBron James with a simple statement to the greater sports world with its anger on mute, that this latest move seemed expected more than surprising, dramatic but equally anti-climactic. Dave Hyde,, "Hyde: LeBron's decision changes L.A., East ... and Heat hopes," 2 July 2018 The prosecution and defense agreed to keep Chapman civilly committed and held without bail until June 27 while both sides determined their next moves. Fox News, "The Latest: Convicted child rapist held without bail," 6 June 2018 The judge then civilly committed Ahmed to the state hospital for at least two years under Senate Bill 421, passed by the Legislature in 2013. Aimee Green,, "Homeless camper accused of molesting runaway, 13, committed to state hospital," 1 June 2018 Stephen Berry, 20, had been civilly committed to the Massachusetts Alcohol and Substance Abuse Center for up to 90 days to get treatment for his opiate addiction. Travis Andersen,, "Tearful dad testifies in favor of bill to notify families when drug-addicted patients are released," 30 May 2018 The Supreme Court’s 1997 decision in Clinton v. Jones rejected the argument for immunity or postponement, and decided that a sitting president could be sued civilly. Tom Ginsburg, Fortune, "Can the President Be Indicted? Yes, But Not By Who You Think," 22 May 2018

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First Known Use of civilly

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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